Simple Salads For Summer

by Kelly · 9 comments

in Frugal Food

I love salads, especially when they come from vegetables I’ve bought at the local weekly farmers’ market. There’s something so summery about a salad; it’s just not the same when you eat it in January!

One of my favorites is the Cobb salad. They don’t make it in France, despite the Roquefort cheese, so I have to make it myself to satisfy my cravings, or wait till I get back to the US. I eat a lot of Cobb salads when on vacation!

A favorite French salad is the Salade Niçoise, although I often always leave the anchovies out. The bonus is that my kids love this as well, seeing as it’s cleverly disguised as food, as there aren’t any lettuce leaves in it! Another delicious French summer meal is ham and melon. They drizzle alternating slices of ham and melon with vinegrate (see below) and serve on a bed of specialty lettuce like mache or roquette.

Tabouli is a great, filling, no-cook meal. You can prepare it the night before, or even in the morning of the day you will be serving it. Just remember, the longer you let it sit, the better it will taste. I like to use couscous instead of bulghar. I use one cup chopped fresh tomatoes, one cup diced cucumber, one cup chopped parsley and mint, one cup uncooked medium or coarse couscous. Mix together, drizzle with good quality olive-oil and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate, let sit overnight or at least 10 hours. Mix and salt to taste before serving. It’s a great accompaniment to barbecued chicken.

The French don’t have a wide selection of ready-made salad dressings in their grocery stores; they make their own. The most common is the vinegrate– almost every family has their own recipe. It’s so easy that my five-year-old son often helps me. Mix a forkful of good mustard with a splash of nice balsamic vinegar. Slowly drizzle olive oil in while whisking continually. Taste. Add chopped herbs or garlic if desired; I almost never do. Another, creamier, salad dressing is mayonnaise based. Mix about 1/4 cup mayonnaise with one tablespoon sugar, then add one to two tablespoons lemon juice. Mix well. The sugar cuts the acidity of the lemon juice and lets the mayonnaise really shine through.

I hear the crickets chirping outside and the sun is shining brightly after a day and night of rain. Time for me to make dinner; I’m feeling like a Cobb tonight!

What’s your favorite salad or summer evening meal?


1 Michelle July 11, 2008

Mmm. My husband made an amazing salad last night -it was an “everything” salad: lettuce, cucumber, red pepper, tomato, onion, baked tofu, boiled egg, potato, macaroni, and grated cheese!

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2 L@spillingbuckets July 11, 2008

I like a simple chicken Cesar salad.

Our lettuce is getting really big, I think we’ll have salads tonight too, with homegrown lettuce, spinach, greenbeans, and tomato. 🙂

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3 Kara July 11, 2008

One of my favorite things about being in France was the delicious homemade salad dressing every night at dinner. It was so good! I have tried duplicating how my host family made it, but I have yet to get it right. I will try what you suggested and see how that turns out.

Here in the States I also love Cobb salad. Fried chicken salad is really good too, just not good for you. 🙂

I like pasta salad too – for mine I just use rotini noodles, feta cheese, red onions, carrots, lightly cooked broccoli, and balsamic dressing. I toss the cheese in last, right before it’s served (cold).

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4 Chris July 12, 2008

Sounds so yummy… I feel like making salad now! (only in the last two weeks have I really been “in” to making my own salads at least once a day… this is due to the great spinach and lettuce in my garden! And the cute pot of herbs helps to flavor the dressings nicely.

I LOVE a great spinach salad… To the greens, I add wilted mushrooms, crumbled bacon, hardboiled egg, and sometimes some cheese and red onion. The dressing, if you’re dining right away, is really great warmed up… 1/2 c. oil, 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar, 2 Tbsp. sour cream, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. dry mustard, 1 Tbsp. sugar, 2 tsp. fresh parsley, 1 clove garlic, freshly ground pepper. This is fabulous!

We love caesar too… if it’s the main course, I chop and fry some chicken breasts to toss in.

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5 Frugal Trenches July 12, 2008

Tabouli is a great salad! I also love rocket with raddishes and grapes, and tomato mozerella and basil!

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6 Budget Mama July 12, 2008

I love salads. My favorite is a simple shrimp salad that I do with chopped salad size shrimp, green onions, a little mayo and mustard, salt and pepper. It’s yummy. I just found a chicken salad recipe in Better Homes and Gardens that I want to try as well.

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7 Christina July 14, 2008

Whenever I can find a restaurant w/ Cobb Salad, I have to get it as well 🙂

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8 Ral July 18, 2008

Isn’t that vinaigrette?

9 Kelly July 18, 2008

Depends on the French or English spelling… but you’re right, it is!

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